Memorial Day Barbecue Tips and Tricks

With Memorial Weekend right around the corner we thought sharing an inspirational story and some tried and true Memorial Day Barbecue Tips and Tricks would be fitting for this weekend. We hope you enjoy the article and welcome your feedback.

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Even if your party is a casual backyard barbecue with friends and family you still want to make sure that you put time and effort into planning it. This will ensure that it goes smoothly for both you and your guests. Allowing everyone to enjoy each others company and the beautiful weather.

 

Your DIY BBQ outdoor kitchen is the best place to start when planning how you will prepare and serve your feast.

~Serve vegetables instead of chips. Grill vegetables on the grill, whip up an easy sauce that looks like you spent hours preparing and serve as appetizers.

~Keep your flame low, plan ahead and you can cook your food at a lower temperature which reduces the likelihood of burning or char marks.

~Serve fruit as a dessert instead of a rich cake or heavy sugar laden dessert. Your guests will have filled up on your grilled vegetables and other sides. Fruit is a perfect light pairing, especially for warm days.

~All food has to be at least 140 degrees, and smoked food should be between 180 and 220. In addition to keeping watch on meat temperatures, keep your work area and tools clean.

Now that you have mastered the art of the perfect backyard barbecue, don’t forget to take some time to honor the brave men and women in uniform, past and present. Memorial Day parades and ceremonies are held in most towns and cities. Look for your local one and support the men and women who have served our country.

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“Freedom lies in being bold.” -Robert Frost

“Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.” -George Washington

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Make perfect pizzas right in your own backyard with one of our pizza oven kits.

With summer right around the corner now is the perfect time to get started on that outdoor pizza oven you have been dreaming of. You can add it to your existing barbeque area very easily or build a freestanding one, either option you decide on DIY BBQ can help you design and build the perfect outdoor pizza oven to suit your needs. We have many options available with easy to build kits. With step-by-step instructions that will walk you through every step and directions on how to season your oven before the first use, you will be enjoying your backyard summers before you know it.

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These ovens are capable of not only producing amazing pizzas but also roasting chicken or your meat of choice, simmering beans and stews and baking desserts.

With our perfectly sealed ovens and heat distribution

your pizzas take just 4 minutes on average to cook.

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We have a regular size kit that is 23”W x 17”H x 32”L

or a larger kit that is 27” W x 19”H x 41”L

Check our Facebook page for outdoor pizza oven recipes in the next several weeks. We are excited to give you some ideas on how to entertain your family and friends this summer by using your newly built pizza oven!

 

How to build an outdoor kitchen step-by-step

An outdoor kitchen is a hot addition to any backyard – no pun intended. Get started with a basic open-air dining space. Now that you have the grill, what’s next? First of all, add a space for food prep. This essential cooking area can be built by stacking up blocks, then top it off with a stone counter.

To avoid the hassle of going to your indoor kitchen multiple times when eating outdoors, add a water supply and some sort of storage to your barbecue island. For a tight budget, install a sink that hooks up to a garden hose and drains into the ground. For a more permanent solution, buy a regular sink that runs cold water; hot water and a dishwasher are a plus. Regarding the storage space, spend a few bucks on a shelf that keeps plates and cooking utensils right where they’re needed.

Now that you’re done with the cooking basic equipment, you need light. Grilling in the dark can be tricky and dangerous. If you’re looking for something temporary and low-cost, go for a battery-operated lamp. Although the best choice is to add task lighting, which is more expensive but it gives the option of outlets for appliances.

Sun has no mercy. Hot weather and a grill together can be unbearable, especially for the cook. Provide shelter in your open kitchen. Building a roof can put your bank account on the low, so a pergola does the trick.

There you go! Now you know how to build an outdoor kitchen step-by-step, call your friends for a cookout in your new wallet-friendly five-star entertainment space.

Taking proper care of your grill

Winter has officially arrived and below freezing temperatures keeps the least adventurous away from their outdoor kitchens. If you’re ready to store your tongs, follow these steps to take good care of your grill until it’s warm enough for another cookout.

First of all, clean your grill thoroughly by letting it run on high heat until all the food is burned off of the grill. This will take about 20 minutes, then let it cool down. Grab a wire grill brush afterwards and scrape all of the leftover food off of the grill grates. When the grill has cooled, use soapy or oven cleaner to help with the tough spots. After you’re done, make sure to rinse the grates off with water to remove any soap residue.

Now it’s time to clean inside the BBQ grill. Remove the grates and dig in. Replace the lava rocks if needed.

To get rid of dirt on the outside of the grill, take a damp cloth with hot soapy water. For stubborn dirt you can use cleaners, but always be careful of using abrasive chemicals that’ll ruin the paint of your grill. Remember to clean the grill cover as well.

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Now that your BBQ is off duty, take the time to fix handles, temperature gauges, cracked hoses, replace burners or any part that needs to be taken care of.

A good cover is the key to keep your grill safe from the damage caused by rain, snow, dirt, etc. If your current cover has tears, buy a new one; you’d rather spend on a new cover than on a new grill. Before storing or covering your grill, make sure both the grill and cover are completely dry.

Taking proper care of your grill, especially during the winter months, will provide years of extra life to the grill and ensure many seasons of delicious BBQ!

Choosing cabinets, countertops and flooring for your outdoor kitchen

Designing an outdoor kitchen is not only about choosing the perfect grill; cabinets, countertops and flooring are also decisive when building a BBQ island. Finding the style and material that suits your needs is no easy task since there’s a wide range of possibilities. To help you make the right choice, always have in mind the four basic principles: durability, safety, budget, and style.

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When it comes to cabinets, water-resistance is a must. Your best options are stainless steel, polymer, and teak. Stainless steel is durable, weatherproof, and usually will match your grill. Polymer is a good choice, as well. This material is normally easy to hose down and UV-resistant. While teak cabinets will certainly look good, they must be sealed and resealed regularly with a waterproof finish.

When choosing outdoor kitchen countertops your priority should always be durability first. Remember the surface adjacent to the grill and sink must resist both the cooking and the elements. Select a material that will suit the style of your house and your cooking style. Go for natural stone, concrete or tile. If choosing stone, keep in mind porous stones like marble, limestone, bluestone, and soapstone stain easily and darker stones will absorb heat. Granite is your best bet. If you like concrete better, just make sure that it’s installed properly or it’ll be prone to cracking. To prevent cracks, concrete must be sealed on installation and resealed regularly. If you’re on a tight budget, tile is an affordable, easy DIY surfacing material.

Choosing a material for your outdoor kitchen’s floor can be tricky. Since it’ll take a lot of traffic, food, and water and sun it must be both durable and safe. Avoid glazed or porous tiles and stone since they can be slippery when wet. Concrete is the most popular choice; it’s long lasting, slip resistant, and versatile. In terms of style, concrete can be colored and finished for a wide range of looks. This material besides affordable, it is also safe. Tile is cheap and looks good as well. If stone is your thing, your best budget bets are sandstone, limestone, slate and marble. But consider stone can absorb oily stains, and it’s expensive. Affordable and available in many different styles, tile can be an attractive choice for an outdoor kitchen floor.

A dream outdoor kitchen should be stylish, long lasting, and low-maintenance. For all surfaces select materials that suit the style of your house and your cooking style. When you find the right ones, you’ll be halfway of having the perfect BBQ island in your backyard.

Gas or Charcoal? How to choose your grill

We all know choosing a grill is a hard decision to make when adding an outdoor kitchen to your backyard. Since it’s the most important feature of a barbecue island and you’re spending a big chunk of your budget on it, don’t rush into buying a grill. Your priority should always be durability and cooking habits when deciding which grill is right for you.

If you’re an amateur and want to keep your barbecue parties casual, a gas grill is your best bet. Gas grills are convenient and easy to use. They work pretty similar to an electric stove; it only takes the push of a button to ignite them and the turn of a knob to control temperature, but they’re not ideal for slow-cooked barbecue.

On the other hand, if you like that delicious smoky flavor in your food, go for a charcoal grill. Take into consideration it takes time and dedication to control the temperature and that you’ll be left with ashes at the end of your barbecue.

Most grills are made from cast aluminum, sheet metal, cast iron or stainless steel. Even though stainless steel is the priciest option, it definitely is the best choice in terms of durability. Keep in mind a grill is an investment; if you choose a cheap version, you’ll end up spending more money in the long run replacing it, especially if it is built-in.

Go big or keep it simple? If you’re planning to cook for a crowd, buy a large grill with multiple burners. If you want to feed only a few people, a smaller surface with three burners will do the trick.

So which type to choose, Gas or Charcoal? Go for a gas grill for everyday grilling, and a charcoal model for more occasional barbecuing. Or if you have a larger budget, look for a grill that offers both options in one unit.